US judge won’t block Seattle from clearing homeless camp

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge Thursday declined to block Seattle officials from removing a homeless encampment from a city park. Officials intended to clear Cal Anderson Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for public safety reasons Wednesday morning. They postponed the sweep after makeshift barriers went up, dozens of black clad protesters arrived and park resident Ada Yeager filed a federal lawsuit. Yeager claimed a sweep would violate her civil rights, including her right to due process before being deprived of property. Following telephone arguments Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ruled Thursday afternoon that Yeager had offered little to no evidence that her rights to free expression or due process were being violated.